-lattice braced Carpathian spruce
-bubinga back and sides
-V-joint cedro neck with Amazon rowsewood fingerboard and Gotoh tuners
Bubinga is an African tonewood becoming more used in the recent years, although more so on steel string guitars. It is very hard and dense, above typical rosewoods, with a dry, woody taptone. The tone is clean and direct, reminding me of both maple and ebony. I am pleased with how it turned out and obtained several high grade sets.
-Lutz spruce soundboard with the latest version of my own fan bracing I’ve been tweaking in the past couple of years. Nothing revolutionary, just a few subtle changes (ideas used by other makers too) to improve the sustain of the standard Torres or Hauser models and also close the gap a bit towards my wood lattices. I am thrilled with the trebles on this one: strong, responsive, clear yet sweet and rich. Just listen listen to the Barrios from 1:40 to 2:40! (or the Rodrigo introduction)
-spectacular extremely dark and tight deep purple Indian rosewood.
-mahogany neck with Brazilian rosewood spine, Madagascar rw headplate, Brazilian rosewood bridge
-African blackwood fingerboard, Klaus Scheller tuners.
Final sound with Savarez new cristal nylon strings:
Raw wood soundclip with carbon strings:
Italian spruce soundboard flamenco negra with 7-strings, 650mm scale.
60 years old Brazilian rosewood body, fingerboard, bridge, neck spine and headplate. The back is made from 7 pieces and the sides from 6.
Spanish cedar neck, Baljak tuners.
Classical mode recording made with d’Addario normal tension strings. In flamenco mode unfortunately I only have a phone recording made on the bare wood guitar.
Swiss spruce soundboard, lattice bracing
Honduras rosewood body, Madagascar rosewood bridge and headplate, Indian rosewood binding
African blackwood fingerboard, cedro neck
Soundclips in raw state before french polishing, Savarez strings. With polish and d’addario strings, I found deep basses with tight, clear and sustaining trebles (reminiscent of my Bouchet model) and a quite balanced and refined presentation.
Cedar soundboard, lattice bracing
Indian rosewood body, bridge, binding, back headplate
Ebony headplate and fingerboard, V-joint cedro neck
Soundclip in raw state before french polishing, Savarez strings.
This is a special guitar which I made for myself. It happened that last year the number of builds caught up with my age – 34.
The (fan-braced) soundboard is the best I have handled so far, rivaling a double top. According to the seller it came from a reclaimed dead tree from the Vancouver area.
-back, sides, headplate and rosette of highly figured Honduras mahogany, the famous “the tree” cut in 1965.
-neck and bridge of 60 yo Brazilian rosewood
-fingerboard and back strip of bois-de-rose Madagascar rosewood, Indian rw binding.
Recently the guitar passed to an incredible guitarist I met, Cristian Gramesc from Salzburg.
Soundclips: pieces by Tedesco, Regondi and Brouwer, Savarez strings.
Flamenco blanca, Austrian spruce soundboard and Spanish cypress body.
Jose Romanillos inspired decoration, whom I greatly admire as both luthier and person
small Spanish plantilla, 650mm scale
Cedro neck, V-joint, head plated with Amazon rosewood and bird’s eye maple
“Bois de Rose” Madagascar rosewood fingerboard
rosette background is bois de rose, “the tree” mahogany and 100yo Cuban mahogany; arches side grain flamed maple
hand-made herringbone purfling, all natural colors from more than 10 different species of wood
Brazilian rosewood bridge.
A few soundclips recorded by a classical player not being able to get a flamenco player in a short notice are linked below the photos. Guitar is absolutely asleep being strung for just 1 hour. D’addario EXP46 strings.